Tony and I stumbled across Bar Buvette by pure chance. We had decided to go to Bao Wow for some Pho noodles before the cinema the other week, and on the way to the Watershed from Bao Wow we walked past it. We noticed it because it had those amazing ‘Caravaggio’ lamp shades, and also because the previously empty shop was actually open with people in there. So we popped in to have a look. After checking out the cheese, crudite and salad bar, we spoke briefly to the owners who said they were only here for a month as a ‘pop up’.
So we decided to bring our friends back and spend our Friday night here.
It’s a wine bar, and they specialise in French organic and bio-dynamic wines. As well as that, you can order a platter of cheese, cold meats, salads and the table comes with a jar of cornichons as standard – what more could you want?! Oh, maybe some chocolate cake? Well they have that!! (Flourless too….)
I don’t normally write about restaurants/nights out but I just felt I had to share this with you. Bar Buvette is like nothing that exists in Bristol. You can go and drink nice wine, without having to spend a huge amount on a meal, or be in a stuffy bar. Did I mention they have CHEESE?
CHEESE and WINE. There is literally nothing more than you need in life. Nothing.
On top of that, the owners are just so lovely. They were really accommodating with our group of 10 (we did book in advance – probably a safe bet if you’re going in a big group at the weekend), and I think they’ve really hit on something good with this bar. Peter Taylor, part owner (I believe with his partner/wife Max Ososki) used to be owner of the Riverstation, and he now runs a restaurant in Haute Loire, France called Auberge de Chassignoles. From what I gather, the restaurant is closed in the winter months, therefore he’s back in Bristol bringing us unique wines that you won’t find anywhere else.
I will definitely be back before they shut up…and hopefully if the rumours are true they will be sticking around a bit longer than the end of January. If not, take my advice and go, you won’t regret it!
Big love <3 Sofia